Giving Plate DIY

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I made a Christmas plate a few years ago and that was a huge success!
This year I wanted to use up the extra plates I had but in a different fun way.

What a better way than to use them as a gift this holiday!
I had seen this plate idea floating around on Pinterest (oh the dreaded place that wastes our precious hours) but thought I was far from creative to pull it off.
Boy was I wrong!  It was so easy.

Here is what you will need:
~ A plate.  I picked them up at the dollar store
~ A sharpie
~ What you want to say on the plate
~ Tape and scissors

I cannot for the life of me write in a straight line nor do I have good handwriting.
I went into Word and created the saying and printed it out in a font that I liked.

The first plate I did looked like this:

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No Bueno!   The font was to close together and small.

Learn from my mistake and make the font bigger and more spread out!

So here is how you do it:

Type up your saying into word, change the font and size how you like it and to fit your plate.
Print it out and then cut off the extra paper

Flip the paper over and cover the words in pencil.

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Now flip the paper back over and position it on the plate where you want it and secure with tape.

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Next is the part that really sucks!
Pushing as hard as you can trace over the writing.
The lead that you put on the back will get transferred to the plate.
If you don’t push hard enough the transfer won’t happen.  I tried using a sharpie to see if it helped and it didn’t.

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Can you see the faint pencil on the plate?
If so then your muscles and hand are probably sore!

Now just take your sharpie and go over the faint pencil on the plate.
I started from the bottom because I didn’t know if the pencil would rub off as my hand went over it.
The sharpie did not rub off on my hand.

Once you have completed the tracing you need to fire it in your oven.

Put the plate in a cold oven.
Heat it to 400
Start the time once the oven reaches that temp
Fire for 40 minutes
After 40 minutes turn off the oven

LEAVE THE PLATE IN THE OVEN
DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN

Let the oven cool completely before removing the plates.
If the plates are cooled to fast they will crack.

The firing should set the sharpie into the plate making it safe to add your goodies.

Bake up some goodies or buy store bought and deliver your plate.

A fun idea would be to add the name and date on the back of the plate to keep track of where it has been.
A traveling plate.

Here is the saying I used:

This plate shall have no owner
for its journey NEVER ends,
it travels in a circle
of our FAMILY and FRIENDS.
It carries LOVE from home to home
For everyone to share,
The food that’s placed upon it
was made with love and care.
So please ENJOY what’s on the plate
Then fill it up again,
Then pass along the love it holds
to your family and friends!

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